For those applying for an inland spousal sponsorship, one of the most common questions ever asked is whether the sponsor or the one being sponsored can leave Canada after the application has been submitted.
The answer is yes—both the sponsor and the principal applicant can leave the country. However, some things must be considered before this happens. In this article, we’re going to talk about the things you need to be aware of if you are planning to leave Canada during an inland sponsorship:
Is There Any Rule or Law against Leaving Canada during Inland Sponsorship?
If you are worried about any official law stating you cannot leave the country when the application for inland sponsorship is sent, you can take a sigh of relief—there is no rule or law against this kind of action.
As such, you can leave the country whenever. However, there is a catch. If you leave Canada during the application, you need to get back if you want the application to be eventually approved. In other words, as long as you are not in Canada, the application cannot be completed.
You must be inside the country for the application to finally be approved. Thankfully, there is no general restriction stopping you from leaving Canada altogether, but it is not recommended that you leave to complete the application.
How Long Can I Be Away from the Country during Inland Sponsorship?
If you aren’t already a permanent resident or landed immigrant in Canada, no requirement states how long you must be in the country during the application process. This means that you can stay for as long as you are allowed to, which is generally up to the Canada Border Services officer.
This will also be at the discretion of the immigration officer you are dealing with, affecting how long you can stay or leave the country while being allowed to come back. However, there are some recommendations you can follow to ensure you do not disrupt the application process just for the sake of leaving. For instance, it is recommended that you do not leave the country too often or stay out for long periods.
It is also not recommended that you travel without the other individual in the application frequently or for long periods. Finally, you shouldn’t be doing anything that makes it appear so that you and the other applicant aren’t together, as you may run into the risk of having the application denied.
You can leave Canada during inland sponsorship. However, it is generally not recommended that you do so, as you increase the risk of having the application delayed or even denied. In other words, for your best interest, you should stay with the other applicant in Canada for as long as possible until the application is approved.
If you plan to leave often, you should apply for the Family Class (Overseas) program instead. In any case, if you need more clarification about what you can do under specific programs, do reach out to Canadian immigration lawyers to assist you. They can educate you about the things you can and cannot do under particular programs and help increase your chances of successfully applying for any program.
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